Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Goodbye, Winter. Hello, Spring.

A Sugar Creek recon on the last day of winter. This is one of my favorite places on the river so far. Next time I'll double check to make sure the bass get the memo that I'm going to be there.


A stirring paean to salmon fishing. In Swedish, but the gorgeous images will tell you everything you need to know.

MÖRRUM from MAYFLY on Vimeo.
Salmon fishing with a two handed rod is big fun! Especially in Sweden.
The river „Mörrumsån" is one of the best rivers in southern Sweden.
In our latest movie we met Karl Heinz Kleine aka "KHK" in his cottage in Mörrum.
He told us stories about this beautiful place on earth.
Come with us, come to Mörrum!

This Is Fly, No. 62


Right HERE.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

"Dead Horse" by Thomas Lux

Image result for old horse paintings

At the fence line, I was about to call him in when,
at two-thirds profile, head low
and away from me, he fell first
to his right front knee
and then the left, and he was down,
dead before he hit the...
My father saw him drop, too,
and a neighbor, who walked over.
He was a good horse, old,
spavined, eating grass during the day
and his oats and hay
at night. He didn't mind, or try to boss, the cows
with which he shared these acres.
My father said: Happens. Our neighbor,
named Malcolm, walked back to his place
and was soon grinding toward us
with his tractor's new backhoe,
of which he was proud
but so far used only to dig two sump holes.
It was the knacker who'd haul away a cow.
A horse, a good horse, you buried
where he, or she, fell. Malcolm
cut a trench beside the horse
and we pushed him in.
I'd already said goodbye
before I tried to close his eyes.
Our neighbor returned the dirt
from where it came. In it: stones,
stones never seen before
by a human's, nor even a worm's, eye.
With the back of a shovel
we tamped the dirt down.
One dumb cow
stood by. It was a Friday.
For supper we ate hot dogs, with beans
on buttered white bread. Every Friday,
hot dogs and beans.

"Dead Horse" by Thomas Lux, from Child Made of Sand. © Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.


Keeping it open, passing it on.

Nature's Lament

Nature's Lament from Aaron Keigher on Vimeo.
“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.”
― Albert Einstein

Humans have been encroaching upon nature since the beginning of our existence. However, a recent rash of vandalism, overcrowding and outright stupidity in our parks and natural areas have caused senseless and permanent damage to some of our most beautiful locations. Vandals have graffitied places like Bonsai Rock in Lake Tahoe, a woman calling herself an artist painted on rocks in Death Valley, Zion, Yosemite, Rocky Mountain, Colorado, Canyonlands and Crater Lake National Parks and “adventurers” decided to walk out on the Grand Prismatic Hot Spring in Yellowstone National Park to get the perfect pictures and videos for their YouTube and Instagram accounts and the same group of people decided it was a good idea to water ski from the back of their RV while driving across a flooded Bonneville Salt Flats. Other people have knocked down rock formations in Fantasy Canyon and Goblin Valley in Utah and recently in Cape Kiwanda in Oregon.

This recent rash of vandalism coincides with ever increasing crowds venturing further and further into nature. Close encounters with animals in Yellowstone are now a common occurrence, places in Yosemite are constantly packed with visitors, recent pictures have been posted online of a packed Oneonta Gorge in Oregon and videos of Antelope Canyon packed with visitors like it was Disneyland. While most people who visit our parks and natural areas treat them with the care and respect they deserve, we must ask the question: what will be the end result of the ever increasing encroachment of humans back into nature?

This time-lapse is Nature's song of lament. As human encroachment grows, nature cries out in sadness, pain and anger. In the film, as we see more evidence of our effects on nature, the feel of the emotion and tenure of the video changes to reflect our ever growing presence.

I hope you will take a few minutes to watch the film and think about the important question: Will we be the cause of Nature's Lament?

Locations in this film include:
Ancient Bristlecone National Forest, CA
Alabama Hills, CA
Arches National Park, CA
Big Sur, CA
Bryce Canyon, UT
Canyonlands National Park, UT
Coal Mine Canyon, AZ
Joshua Tree National Park, CA
Malibu Canyon, CA
Owens Valley Radio Observatory, CA
Red Rock Canyon, CA
Tehachapi Pass Wind Farm, CA
Yosemite National Park, CA

Saturday, March 18, 2017